So I just got my first CO2 set up used from my local fish club. I jumped at it because it was a good price, but now that I've actually got it, I am beginning to second guess my purchase. I knew that the bubble counter was broken when I bought the unit, so today I went ahead and bought a new brass one from a LFS to mount next to the regulator.
My problems began when I got home. I took the old broken bubble counter off, but when I attempted to put the new bubble counter on, I noticed that the adapter between the needle valve and the bubble counter wasn't firmly in place. On further inspection, I discovered that the adapter was actually broken off inside the port of needle valve.
The needle valve is a NV-55 from Fabco ( http://store.fabco-air.com/proddetail.php?prod=NV-55
). It has two 10/32 ports. I've also noticed that there is another adapter between the solenoid and the needle valve (from 1/8 male to 10/32 male). And THIS adapter is stuck in the solenoid.
I was considering completely replacing the needle valve, with another that used the 1/8 ports, but since my adapter is stuck in the solenoid, I guess I'm looking at getting the same adapter. In this case, I would need to find a 10/32 to 1/8 converter to connect the needle valve to the new bubble counter (which of course I cannot find).
So my only solution that I have available right now is to leave the adapter stuck in the solenoid, get another Fabco NV-55 needle valve, then have a 10/32 male to 1/8 female adapter on the outgoing line, and then have a 1/8 male to 1/8 male connector to connect them to the new bubble counter.
I've just had a frustrating afternoon and was looking forward to having my CO2 finally up and running tonight. Now it looks like it may take a while longer. Does anyone have any insight into this situation? I would really appreciate any advice from anyone whose had more experience with CO2 set ups. What would your solution be to this situation be?